The City of Lights has played host to many a TV show – sometimes eclipsing the stars and plot itself but always being intrinsically linked to the what, where’s and why’s of the latest episode. With its array of beautiful, imposing and ornate architecture, Paris hotels, world-renowned restaurants and stylish inhabitants, it makes the perfect backdrop for some of TV land’s most stylish programmes. So why not take a leaf out Carrie or Blair Waldorf’s book and be sure to visit these sites on your trip?
In an episode entitled Paris Changes Everything, the lead stars of The Hills are whisked away to Paris to assit at the famous debutante ball, The Crillon Ball. Upon arrival at Charles de Gaulle airport, the girls are whisked around the city by chauffeur to a variety of designer boutiques before the ball, held at the famed Hotel Crillon. This impressive hotel is a definite on the must-see list! But the best moment in this episode has to be when Lauren is whisked around the city on a Vespa at night; past iconic landmarks including the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and The Seine. Why not try this yourself on hotel deals to Paris?
Who would pass up a summer in Paris? Not the lead characters of Gossip Girl, that’s for sure! The university La Sorbonne, in the Latin Quarter, was a massive setting. This gorgeous building is a must see when staying in hotels here as it is the city’s most famous. Fittingly, they also visited Musee Baccarat, a private museum of Baccarat crystal – we bet Blair made a shopping list in here! And a momentous scene came in the form of the Fontaine Louvois, where Blair pushed Serena into its depths; be sure not to fall in.
And despite constantly proclaiming her love for New York, the city’s most stylish inhabitant upped sticks to Paris with her artist boyfriend. The Hotel Plaza Athenee was our first glimpse of how fabulous her life had become as it became hers and Aleksandr Petrovsky Paris home. Being a Paris institution, it’s a must to see and marvel at the sumptuous surroundings. Remember the scene where Carrie, looking resplendent in polka dots, feeds a rather large bull mastiff macaroons? The setting is the Angelina Salon de The, which was also Coco Chanel’s daily pit stop for a cup of their famous hot chocolate. It’s delicious! And what better romantic setting for our hero Big and Carrie to rekindle their love than Le Pont des Arts, commonly known as Lover’s Bridge. A fitting end to every woman’s favourite series!
Emily Collins is a travel writer with an extensive knowledge of Paris hotels. If you’re planning a family holiday then why not visit the Hotels4U for daily deals and travel tips.